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Vanuatu: Diving the Wreck of the Semle Ferdesen
Thursday May 30th 2013 at 11:47 pm
Filed under: Diving,Travel
photo With the entry to the wreck lying in 42 meters, and the bow in 60 meters there was limited time to explore the Semle. Once again Big Blue served as guides for the day, as I gained experience towards the PADI wreck specialty. The Semle Ferdersen was a freighter that served the archipelago until 1985, when she was purposely sunk in much shallow waters. It was the 1987 Cyclone Uma just two years later that dragged her to her current resting place, bow down with her propeller in 36m of water. Having been sunk in 1985, much of the superstructure’s interior is decaying, and light beams down from above, reaching as far as the engine room. With a limited bottom time, compounded by the tight quarters within some of the superstructure, I decided to shoot video of the penetration portion of the dive. Until that’s edited to remove the parts where my hands were required for manoeuvring and not holding the camera steady, here are the photos from the outside the wreck. 
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